Have you used your annual leave allowance? The majority of UK workers have not.

October request annual leave

Did you know? Only one-third of workers in the UK will use all of the leave that they are entitled to.

As the end of the calendar year approaches, many people realise that they have very little time left to take a lot of leave owed to them, and this may go against your company's leave policy

We are now in October, and If your working year starts on the 1st January, you only have 25% of the year left to take your well-earned time off. If your year starts on the 1st April, you have 50% left to go, but it will be over in a flash.

Tracking your work year

The years are moving quickly, and as we approach Christmas (again), the remaining two-thirds of workplace employees realise that the time to take leave is running out. Don't let the sounds of Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is You" over every retail loudspeaker remind you that 2024 is around the corner; get that last bit of leave booked before everyone beats you to it.

You can use this table to know how much of your work year is remaining at the start of each month:

Percentage of time remaining in the work year

Don't get a bottleneck of leave admin

If you are managing a dedicated team who have a lot of time owing to them, it might be a good idea to give them a reminder that they need to book their leave as soon as possible. The longer they wait, the more leave admin you will have to deal with at once.

Keeping your leave admin simple

Do yourself a huge favour and use a leave management system that allows staff to book any time, anywhere, using a desktop or mobile app. Not only does it make your HR tasks collaborative and streamlined, it is also an excellent initiative for paperless offices.

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